Nancy Vo was born on the prairies and now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She studied fine arts and architecture, and now works as a facility planner and a picture-book maker. She is the author and illustrator of the first two books in the Crow Stories trilogy. The Outlaw was described by the New York Times as “Bewitching,” while The Ranger received a starred review from Kirkus and was praised as “visually arresting and enigmatic.” Nancy has also illustrated As Glenn as Can Be by Sarah Ellis.
Geraldo Valério was born in Brazil, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing, followed by a Master of Arts at New York University. His many highly acclaimed books include My Book of Birds; At the Pond; Friends; Blue Rider; Turn On the Night; and The Egg. His work has been published in many countries, including Canada, the US, Brazil, Portugal, France, the UK and China. Geraldo lives in Toronto.
Sara O’Leary is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. Her highly acclaimed picture books include Percy’s Museum, illustrated by Carmen Mok; Night Walk, illustrated by Ellie Arscott; A Family Is a Family Is a Family, illustrated by Qin Leng (USBBY Outstanding International Books); and Maud and Grand-Maud, illustrated by Kenard Pak. She has also written This Is Sadie, which was adapted for the stage for New York City Children’s Theater, and the award-winning series of Henry books, all illustrated by Julie Morstad. Sara writes for children’s animation and teaches at Concordia University in Montreal.
Irene Luxbacher is an artist and author living in Toronto. With more than fifteen years of experience as an illustrator, Irene has received many awards for her children’s books. She has written and illustrated Deep Underwater and Mr. Frank, which was selected for the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List. Her illustrations for Malaika’s Costume and Malaika’s Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn have also been highly acclaimed, and her illustrations for The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award.
Ruth Ohihas illustrated over sixty books, twenty-one of which she is also the author. Her books have been selected for NYC READ365, Kirkus Reviews Best Books, the Canadian Toy Testing Council’s Great Books, the Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books. Her recent books include Choose Kindness, No Help Wanted, Scribble and the Fox and Squirrel series. Ruth is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Nadia L. Hohn is a writer and educator. Her first picture book, Malaika’s Costume, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Children’s Literature Award. She is also the author of Malaika’s Winter Carnival and Malaika’s Surprise, both illustrated by Irene Luxbacher; A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes; and Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter, illustrated by Gustavo Mazali. Nadia’s writing is inspired by her childhood memories, Jamaican heritage, Black culture, world travels and social issues. She lives in Toronto.
Naseem Hrab is a writer and storyteller. She is the author of Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend, Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings and the upcoming The Sour Cherry Tree. Her comedy writing has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. Naseem worked as a librarian for a time and now works in children’s publishing. She lives in Toronto.
Tim Wynne-Jones has written 38 books including novels for adults, young adults and children, picture books, and short story collections. He has won the Governor General’s Award, twice, among many other Canadian and international honours. His work has been published in 10 languages in 13 countries. In 2012, Tim was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Tim also taught creative writing for 16 years in the Master’s Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His most recent book, War at the Snow White Motel, and other stories, was published by Groundwood Books in the Covid Spring of 2020.
Robert Macfarlane s a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and the author of a number of bestselling and prize-winning books, including The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks and Underland, which won the Wainwright Prize. His work has been translated into many languages and widely adapted for film, television and radio. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the E.M. Forster Award for Literature in 2017. He is a word-collector and mountain-climber – and he has three children who have taught him more about the world than any book.
Jackie Morris grew up in the Vale of Evesham and studied at Hereford College of Arts and at Bath Academy. She won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the highest honour in children’s book illustration, for The Lost Words. She has illustrated for the New Statesman, the Independent and the Guardian, collaborated with Ted Hughes, and has written and illustrated over 40 books, including beloved classics such as The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear, Song of the Golden Hare and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Morris lives in a cottage on the cliffs of Pembrokeshire.